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Hearing America’s Youth

Social Identities in Uncertain Times

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Catherine Cornbleth

Hearing America’s Youth: Social Identities in Uncertain Times addresses questions of who «we» are. When identity is not a multiple-choice question, how do high school juniors and seniors describe themselves in turn-of-the-century America? What does it mean to them to be American? The self-descriptions of this diverse group of students reveal that one-sixth of the students reject racial/ethnic – or all group categorization – and that most students of mixed ancestry have positive self-images. While strong racial identities are not widespread, racism is emphasized and remains a significant concern. How young people see themselves affects the way they think about and act on and in their lives and worlds, and thus shapes our collective futures.

BIC Classifications

  • Society & social sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JF)
    • Sociology & anthropology (JH)
      • Sociology (JHB)
        • Sociology: family & relationships (JHBK)
    • Education (JN)
      • Educational strategies & policy (JNF)
        • Multicultural education (JNFR)

BISAC Classifications

  • Education (EDU)
    • EDUCATION / Multicultural Education (EDU020000)
  • Social Science (SOC)
    • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General (SOC008000)
    • Sociology (SOC026)
      • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General (SOC026000)
      • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family (SOC026010)

THEMA Classifications

  • Reference, Information & Interdisciplinary subjects (G)
    • Interdisciplinary studies (GT)
      • Regional studies (GTM)
  • Society & Social Sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JB)
    • Sociology & anthropology (JH)
      • Sociology (JHB)
        • Sociology: family & relationships (JHBK)
    • Education (JN)
      • Educational strategies & policy (JNF)
  • Geographical qualifiers (1)
    • The Americas (1K)
      • North America (USA & Canada) (1KB)